Before I get into it, a sad Fare-thee-well to some great shows that got axed to make more room for mind numbing "dramas" like Jersey Shore 2:
- Pushing Daisies (yes, I know it was canceled like three years ago, I am still wounded)
- Happy Town
- Legend of the Seeker (still mostly rumour)
- My Own Worst Enemy
- Kyle X/Y
- The Cleaner
- Easy Money
- Dirty Sexy Money
- Defying Gravity (Okay, I have no idea what this was about because it was canceled too early)
- Wolf Lake (a thorn in my side forever.)
- Eleventh Hour
- Eli Stone
- Point Pleasant
- Mental (though, the ending they gave season one provided enough closure for me not to lose sleep over it)
- The Philanthropist
- Raising the Bar
- Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles
- The Unusuals
- And many, many MANY more.
Anyways, onto The Good Wife:
I am really only going to focus on the last scene. The rest was good, too - but what really cinched it as amazingly good television that will always come up in my brain - was the ending.
To set it up for you, the main character, Alicia Floric has two main men in her life (Sidenote: I wonder if they will bring back the ubersexy non-lawyer lawyer from the Orthodox Jew case... rawr): Will Gardner, her best friend and former law school chum; and her husband, the disgraced former DA who cheated on her with a hooker, served time in prison, but is generally a pretty cool guy who we are led to believe was set up, Peter Floric.
Now, Alicia works for Will. As if matters weren't complicated enough, she has also has a thing for him since the first time she met him. But where she chose to give up her career to raise her family and such, he went on to be a partner at Stern, Lockhart and Gardner (Sidenote: Lockhart is awesome! I think she is probably the best character on the show), and it is implied that they lost touch while she was helping her husband's career along. Then he gets convicted of usurping funds from the city of Chicago ... to pay for hookers or something. anyways, the point is that Hubby goes to prison to await appeal and Wifey is back on the job market. Will takes her on as a first year associate, where she has to work hard and compete with someone fresh out of school to be kept on.
Through the season Alicia is found getting closer to both Will and Peter - she even sleeps with Peter, though she keeps him in the guest room and won't let him sleep in the master. She kisses Will and that's when the three or four episode story arc ends in a great scene for a season finale.
Basically, at the last episode, Alicia is left with a choice she has to make: stick with the husband and help him win back the hearts of the Chicago voters in another election campaign; or get with Will. She decides for the husband, and at this point you're like - "Why!? Why must you be the good wife, Alicia!? Why!?" And then Will calls, and your interest suddenly skyrockets and you freak and then you get the most epic ownage ever.
Will tells her, basically, she should be with him.
As he is about to justify this with a mountain of flowery romance, she stops him and goes "Okay. What's the plan?"
And he just stands there looking adorably dumbfounded.
She continues along the lines of having two kids, and a husband and all the romance in the world would have been great twenty years ago in law school, but now she needs more - she needs a plan, and until she has a plan,s he's not budging. And then this slowly (so slowly!) sinks into Will's head and he says "Okay." and then she walks out to hold Peter's hand.
The point is this: It is a mature show. It really is. The woman in me recognized the truth behind this - the core of it. And the woman in me - she rejoiced! It may not be romance, but it is something so distinctly deeper then that, that it works. And I commend the show for portraying a woman strong enough to demand a plan from any man - let alone one who is not hers yet.
I also like the way the show skirted around her complete support of her husband. She walks out on stage with him, to announce his election, but her eyes are hooded and her blackberry (the one she used to talk to Will) is still in her hand. It's a very good balance.
Anyway - check it out, tell me what you think!